The Secret life of Objects

I just finished reading Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. My favorite parts in the book dealt with the importance of objects. How they can be mysterious and magical. He says “We human beings use objects to think with”. We can have personal relationships with objects where they can influence us and we influence them. I like thinking about objects as being a little bit alive. Because I like to make things, I end…

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Hinges

When I was first learning how to make jewelry, I felt like I was not the right personality type. I was not a huge perfectionist, I didn’t obsess over the tiniest details. That’s why I gravitated towards hammering and forging, it seemed more organic, almost like molding a piece of clay. I still love watching a piece of silver stretch and bend with my hammer. But lately I’ve been more and more interested in making…

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winter and workshops

It is snowy outside and cozy tucked inside today. This has been the best Winter I have ever had. This is one of the pieces I just finished! I am enjoying doing things alone and being a bit of a hermit. I have been going to yoga each day as a way to say hello to myself . It’s definitely a very inward introspective activity. and truly delightful! It has been so great to go…

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Thoughts on Iceland

So many updates! Our Iceland adventure was magical and I think even a few months later I’m trying to put words to how it has changed me. We ended up coming home a month early, it’s a long story, but a happy one. I took all of October to make my own residency here at home in Asheville instead. I finished the paintings I started in Iceland and came up with jewelry designs based on…

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progress

Before I came to the artist residency, my project was to study and draw cairns, the piles of rocks that Icelanders erect to commemorate an event or to mark a trail. Before coming to Iceland, I could almost picture in my head the final paintings I would make from this research. But the pebbles I collected in Scotland really started to influence how I look at rocks here. I can’t stop thinking about how each…

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big adventure begins

Today is my first day in Reykjavik Iceland! I have been preparing and working extra hard all year since I found out I was accepted to the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond Iceland. I feel so lucky to be able to take two months to be quiet and reflective, something I have not given myself in quite a while. It will be a chance for me to make my brain think in a different way,…

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Peace of Mind at the Bench

I was so lucky to participate in both the Boardwalk Art Fair, and the Ann Arbor Art Fair this summer. They are the two biggest shows I’ve done, back to back. I was particularly lucky to have friends with me at both shows! I feel like something in my brain shifted while preparing work for these events, I could get into the zone and just sit at the bench for hours working without getting antsy.…

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Many Hands make quick work

Here’s a photo from my pickle pot as I was working on my first order for Uncommon Goods. I am really excited to be working with them, because I love their mission to bring handmade, sustainably made, animal-friendly products to a big audience.  I think my hand necklaces will be perfect for them!

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How to be excellent at returning from shows

I just returned from Art in the Park in Richmond Virginia a few hours ago,my second show of the season. I always have a hard time when I walk in my front door after being at a show. I  really really want to curl up on the couch and cuddle, but my body is still in overdrive from being in  extroverted “ON” mode for at least three days straight. Inevitably, I get really mad at…

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Holding Hands Bracelet

I have been pondering a holding hands bangle bracelet for so long, but I always procrastinate. Spring often brings out my manic get-things-done side, so….here is my first prototype! The final one I want to make in silver. I love that this design can be squeezed open to slip on, and then adjusted once it’s on to fit your wrist. I can’t wait to show it off when I’m done.

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